Metemponychosis

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    What Mlp has meant to me

    MLP was great. I wish more shows followed on its wake. For everything I didn't like there were several that i loved, and, obviously, I can only speak for myself. I'm sure people out there think it was perfect, and if it was for them, then good for them. I was on med school when I started watching it and had a hard time fitting in (long story) and MLP and the fandom was certainly a big help.
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    Season 9, Episodes 24-26: Series Finale

    See, one of the reasons I like forums is that they save your time. In a hit and miss show like MLP was, reading forums and looking at Derpibooru can give you a good indication if you're going to enjoy an episode or not.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    The cartoon never thought about those details (both). It always went with the rule of cool and the easiest solution to a problem posed by writing yourself into a corner. It really hurt itself along the way. Maybe they also have an arbitrary, lazy and unnecessary mission select map. And this is exactly what I mean with my first paragraph. The cartoon never stopped to think what is it that Celestia really did, and when the cartoon tried to give Celestia something, one would think that the cartoon was written by an alien with no concept of how living works. One would imagine that Celestia was chained to her throne and fed bread and water for a thousand years and i the end still did nothing more than petty social crap. It boggles the mind how bad she was written. Even if the intention was that she is a pathetically weak wimp, there is no excuse that they never properly showed her the ruler of her nation. And then you compare her to Luna, it's even worse, and that is taking into consideration that Luna has her own problems in that front. I remember watching the cartoon back then and rolling my eyes. "Gee... I wonder if they'll fight." Next I was wondering why is it that these two morons are going on a vacation together if they want to do different things and can't stand being near one another. The cartoon never managed to tell this story correctly. Mostly because all of it is the cartoon trying to cover it's tracks in its lack of imagination. All of this because they needed to figure out something for the unicorns to do in Hearth Warming's Eve and after that the whole franchise never recovered from that. It's a small part of their power, but the cartoon has no idea how powerful they are. This is the cartoon, again, going by the rule of lazy. It's the alternative to the rule of cool when you find yourself in a metaphorical corner in the story you can't seem to figure out yourself and still try to tell it. Fanfic writers have been known to to better than this. Except when they are. Honestly, by their age alone, they should the most powerful things in that world. The cartoon completely ignores experience, wisdom, accumulated knowledge. Thematically, they should be powerful: they control things that in the real world are as out of our control as it could be, and even within the cartoon the sun and the moon are not easily controllable, and that is to the creatures that can magic seasons into existence. MLP is the only failure of storytelling I've ever seem that unintentionally made the regent over the sun so pathetic and mundane. The cartoon never had any clue how to write nobility, rulers. They are celebrities, and that is it. I've been wondering why is it that the cartoon made Celestia the ruler when she didn't need to be to do her job. She could be just some normal schmuck that has this duty of raising the sun. Most of the problems with her would evaporate into nothing. Then, the answer is, of course, that the cartoon started with Celestia being something and then changed her to another because if Celestia was a great and respectable leader, with a comforting presence, then they would have to raise Twilight to her level. It was just easier to make Celestia into an idiotic goofball, that 'twilights' too and has no real obligations as a ruler. And the worst part of it it that when the same people that go on with the argument that Celestia and Luna don't have to be powerful or that the cartoon isn't about then, or the target audience argument read this and think that I wanted the cartoon to be House of Cards with ponies. Fuck. I think the idea here is that Celestia would do that sort of thing regularly. The only thing I think worked in this episode is that they wanted to do things that are different from their day to day. Luna wanted peace because sh'e's seem her share of adventures in the dreams she visits. It doesn't add anything to the character. It's not funny, and it is just a stupid quirk that goes nowhere. Like her wanting to act. I can't help comparing Celestia to the old kings from the real world, such as Alexander or someone like Charles XII of Sweden. It can't imagine this idiot the cartoon has produced leading an army, or sitting on her throne and contemplating the solution to some problem she's been presented with, and in which her decision could influence the lives of millions. Thank the gods fanfiction exists. I liked it. The problem with this episode is not within it. Like most things the cartoon tries to do with Celestia (you know my thoughts about Luna being good enough), the problem lies in the general way the cartoon treats her. The episode is cute and funny by itself, and when it's put in context against the rest of the series that things fall apart. That is my opinion, at least. This is the writer smiling coyly at you and pointing a petulant finger to give you a lesson about how Celestia and Luna are good at their job because they are able to delegate functions. You see, in her head, it made all the sense in the world because the reason the sisters aren't helping all the time is because they delegated those functions to the mane six. It's her way of of going tut tut at us, I mean, the mane six, and pretending that she's solving the problem of the sister's absence by avoiding the problem at all. It's like driving a car, but going downtown is too hard, and so one would drive to the suburban area and claim that the problem is that the store is in the wrong place. Maybe we should have had an episode that followed Celestia and Luna around in their daily routine instead of this convoluted mess. Mindblowing, isn't it? It was mean-spirited. It was a sting at the fans that have been asking to see the sisters doing something. It was the sort of thing that if a fan had done, the entire fandom would condemn. It speaks volumes of character. It's the sort of thing that makes me glad the cartoon is finally done and over. I think that part of the problem is that the cartoon went out of the way to show that Celestia and Luna are so different, but in the end that went nowhere. Cadance, as much as I like her, simply didn't need to exist. Picture Celestia in her throne and imagine that she has an open door policy to all solicitors where she'd try to help ponies fix their problems. A line of dialogue could've done that.
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    Season 9, Episode 13: Between Dark and Dawn

    I would hope for a better version of her, but if there is one thing that MLP, as a whole has taught me, is that I ask too much of the writers. So, the next best possible would be that she is completely absent because I'd rather keep some of the fandom versions of her in mi head.
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    Season 9, Episode 13: Between Dark and Dawn

    Well, I agree. After all, even after all the butthurt, she's my favorite character, but if they're going to do the same, it's better to not do anything at all.
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    Season 9, Episode 13: Between Dark and Dawn

    Real life getting in the way of ponies. Well, I don't see those posts as reviews. Just my thoughts while I watched the episodes without too much time spent on them. With that said, my problem with Celestia is that I see that the cartoon could do much better with her. It wasn't me that said that Celestia was the ruler of Equestria and then did everything in it's power to take her out of that position before even giving her a chance at that. As far as I'm concerned, she could simply be the weird pony in charge of the sun and this whole mess wouldn't exist. @DoodleDotWhich is why the problem isn't her personality. The problem is that her personality is all there is about her. While the cartoon doesn't shy away from giving Luna several episodes about her power and several appearances doing her job quite well, the cartoon is still to show Celestia being competent at her own job, or even at anything by herself, while there are several episodes where she takes the fall for the sake of the plot. It's like saying that Celestia doesn't have any personal merits and all she does is sit her ass and get carried by the others. Writers put characters spouting that somethings shouldn't be done by any one pony as though that fixes the issue, but they're missing the point. When Luna needs help to deal with Tantabus, we already know that she knows what she's doing with her power under normal circumstances, and needing help with the Tantabus shouldn't hurt anyone's perception of her abilities because of that. With that example in mind, this last season said that the sisters are going to retire. For that to have any meaning, it needs to argue that two would be missed, but also that a sufficiently good replacement is needed. You can't really tell me how Celestia would be missed if the two sisters had died in the first episode, without resorting to vague rhetoric., particularly when we literally only seem Celestia in action when she was trying to do what Twilight and friends have been doing since the start of the cartoon. And I don't know if you were talking about me, but it would be a fair assumption, since episodes about the two are typically very well received, but I'm not offended that Celestia sucks at everything. I'm offended that the writer thinks I'm an idiot and didn't really do anything new with the characters other than a straw man of what people were saying the characters needed.
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    Season 9, Episode 13: Between Dark and Dawn

    A clusterfuck. I'm tired of ranting about this episode on the other forum and I know people are going to ridicule that enough. Suffice to say that it failed to make a good story about the sisters, about Twilight and her friends doing the sister's job, made a parody of the sisters, and further bastardized everything that it should be trying to give importance to. I don't understand why Celestia is so hard for this cartoon. I can barely define what is it that she and Luna do and where the two meet. And of course, the fandom loved it. Seriously, I hope Celestia is nowhere near G5.
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    Season 9, Episode 12: The Last Crusade

    Hmm... This episode... Tsk... It was a nice idea but I think the execution fell flat. If it only existed to get Scoot's parents out of the way and introduce her aunts, it would've worked well enough. But it both introduces and ditches her parents, introduces her aunts and completely glosses over her parents feeling for her because the episode didn't have time for that. When Scootaloo said they were forcing her to choose, it felt bland. The cartoon simply didn't earn that with a couple of characters it had just introduced. It also frustrates me that the cartoon manages to make more of a deal about the CMC breaking up because one of them would move out than it does about Celestia and Luna retiring. The CMC crying felt petty and the whole deal the town made felt contrived. I didn't like Scootaloo's aunts either. Not because the cartoon was taking a stance in the same-gender couples issue, but because it felt pandering. With little to no impact in the whole thing. If they wanted to do this right, they should've done it with Starlight Glimmer and Trixie, for example. They are both beloved characters, with a great chemistry we saw grow as we witnessed their relationship develop. Not to mention that the conflict within their relationship in the past episode was very important to the story. It's just better storytelling. Mind you all, I'm not complaining that the cartoon has taken an stance for the acceptance of same sex couples. What I'm saying is that it had both the knife and the cheese to make a much more engaging story. For example, if they were hurting for an excuse to do that, they could've thrown that over Celestia's shoulders, because on the next episode the cartoon shies away from anything remotely political in an episode that should've made an issue of the importance of good leadership.
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    Season 9, Episode 11: Student Counsel

    Good episode, again. Half the humor was Trixie's reactions and the other half was Maude. I don't usually like 'Maude humor', but for some reason, in this episode it worked for me in that sense when a joke is so bad it goes around and becomes funny. "We can still have a party... A Search party." And all her dialogue about Mud Briar being turned to stone. Those were so bad they were funny, in a good kind of way, I mean. And then there was Trixie and her experience on talking about experience with monsters and her tracking skills. If felt like filler, but it was hilarious. Thinking about the 'sisters episode' of today, I can't help but wishing they'd do what they did with Starlight, but with Celestia. That would fix some of her issues.
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    Season 9, Episode 10: Going to Seed

    And, another good episode. It brought back so many good childhood memories, not to mention top notch Apple sisters bonding. Applejack was great by herself in this episode, and also Big Mac doing all the stuff so that the two could be together. I think this episode did a great job of using its characters and its premise. I was hoping the Great Seedling was real, but I think that leaving the ending ambiguous was better.
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    Season 9, Episode 9: Sweet and Smoky

    That was a good one. I really liked Amber in this one and the little tidbits about dragon lore. But what I liked the most was how clever that ending was, tying together the two plots and how funny I thought Garble was. I didn't think that the moral was particularly good, but it was better than the other episode about bullies. MLP at its best. And Amber. Celestia could take a few lessons from her.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    @Number95Honestly, whatever you want. It's a typical MLP season. Stupid premiere, the finale is going to stupid too and in between we get nice and fun episodes.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    @Number95I look forward to you review of S09E01/02.
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    Season 9, Episode 7: She's All Yak

    Rarity steals the scene whenever she appears. I think it's a combination of her dramatic character and the outstanding work Tabitha St. Germain does with her. She and Tara Strong are godlike in their jobs.
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    Season 9, Episode 7: She's All Yak

    Today I watched two great episodes. This one and Frenemies. 'She's All Yak' is 'Common Ground' done right. In retrospect, I feel bad for Quibble Pants, and I don't know if this was an active decision, but putting this after Common Ground was a sound decision. Different from Quibble Pants, Yona feels much less like a parody of a stereotype and more like a person that really wants to fit in on a drastically different culture. The help she received from the ponies was good, considering what she asked and didn't seem like setting up jokes for her to be the butt: they happened naturally, because the thing was going to fail. Everyone saw it from the start, everyone saw when it was setup, and when it happened, it was done with the right amount of comedy. Sandbar was perfect. And the only complaint I have was that they gave her the trophy... It was unneeded and heavy-handed. Then again, this happens all the time in MLP. I'm also glad Twilight found something she can dance. Missed a joke there, episode.
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    Season 9, Episode 8: Frenemies

    I can't believe what I just watched. The wonders of starring in your own episode! Suddenly these evil planks floating along the plot aren't stereotyped archetypes and... Feel like... Characters! Holy crap! Someone give Mr. Vogel, Miss Porter and Miss Willis an episode starring Celestia, STAT!
  17. Yeah, it ended up being weird and arbitrary. To me, the thing was fine until they decided to explain its origin the way they did. Now, I have not a clue why the thing has the sun and the moon in it. Most of the problems with MLP comes from having a lot of writers with different styles and, I suppose, changes in direction. Not to mention the way it constantly tries to one up itself and constantly having to cover its tracks. The cartoon has avoided so hard giving Celestia any weight as 'ruler' that the notion should never be introduced in the last season. It should simply be about defending Equestria. Of course, that would have to be a thing since the beginning and Celestia would actually have to be reasonable as Equestria's defender instead of this weird parody she ended up being. TO me, it's just dead on the water and waiting for the finale to finally put it out of its misery. The only reason this cartoon still shines is because it completely ignores its 'story' as much as it can with some 70% of every season. And this applies to the retirement angle. So, Celestia and Luna are going to retire? Who cares? Equestria doesn't have a political system that depends on them. They are not doing anything that others can't do. Twilight's been dealing with shit since the first episode. What is anyone going to miss if they retire? And I don't even mean it in the sense that they'd be easily replaceable, but in the sense that they are already pointless. A caveat about Luna's dreamwalking, but transferring magic in the cartoon is so ungodly easy that it makes no difference. Seriously, I don't have a clue what they're going to do. Is Twilight going to start taking care of the sun? Is it going back to unicorns? Who's taking care of the night? Starlight Glimmer?!?! Or are the sisters going to keep messing with the sun and moon? I'd bet money that the finale is simply going to forget about these because whatever they do is going to be stupid. And I understand. I would''ve liked the premiere too if it didn't have this whole retirement thing.
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    Season 9, Episode 4: Twilight’s Seven

    I still don't have a clue what those... Smiles? Grimaces? Whatever they were meant.
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    Season 9, Episode 5: The Point of No Return

    Sorry for the time it took me to reply. I wasn't getting notifications from the forums. Honestly, I don't know. I didn't watch The Best Gift Ever. But, I think that Sparkle's Seven is a better 200th episode. This one was nice, but Sparkle's Seven was more along the lines of what a special episode should be, on account of the decisions ade by the VAs.
  20. Well, for starters, I think that the writers needed a change of paradigm in regards to how they see the Elements. Instead of seeing them as instruments that are related to the Tree, they should see them as part of the Mane Six and their importance for Equestria. The problem is that the students get in the way since they decided that the Tree will talk to them all the time instead of to the Mane Six. Honestly, this idea is gone and instead of wasting time with the whole affair of the Tree and the Elements, they should've ignored it and left on the side. About Celestia and Luna, I think that they should have died, or been completely incapacitated for the whole season. This way, instead of that lame teasing that they were gone, but not really, Twilight would be forced to deal with their absence. I feel that as the season progresses, Twilight is going to end up proving that she's ready, but at the same time, Celestia is still there and there never really was much of a threat. Had they been killed, or 'soft-killed', Twilight would REALLY prove herself. But the season is progressing and Twilight was worried about a late book. I should care about what they're going to do with Chrysalis, Cozy glow and Tyrek, but... Honestly, the only one that should feel like a threat is Chrysalis... Cozy Glow... Eh... It's a kid. Tyrek... He's been defeated twice now and the girls didn't even need the Elements. Grogar seems threatening, but still has done nothing other than recruiting the others. I expected Chrysalis to become something of a great returning villain, but instead of coming up on top, maybe starting a new swarm or something, she was just sulking there. Honestly, I don't really know what to do with them other than making an episode or two with them getting beaten, but ultimately doing whatever Grogar wanted them to do. Changing them in the premiere? I don't know... I don't think I'd even have included them. I think that the most glaring problem that I have with the whole idea, Twilight becoming the new ruler, is that the cartoon doubled down on the princesses being useless. I can't understand what the hell is it that Twilight was worried about. I don't think I've ever seen Celestia doing anything Twilight couldn't do with ease. Instead of pretending that Twilight needs Celestia to protect Equestria, the cartoon should've opened a new avenue in Celestia's character and paint her as a particularly efficient ruler. Then Twilight would have something to worry about replacing Celestia. I don't have a clue why is it that Luna wants to retire too (neither Celestia, but whatever). The only reason to do this is thematic, so I would rather kill the princesses. Finally, King Sombra's... Victory followed by defeat, and then another victory followed by a defeat within... I don't know... Hours? That whole thing should've been reworked. Maybe conquering the Crystal Empire and then using what he got there to take Canterlot, to finally be defeated. I would've ditched that whole plot about the Elements and the tree. Maybe, having the girls defeat him but with the sacrifice of the Elements, a Pyrrhic victory, because I feel like Twilight already won. Whatever they do with Grogar and others is going to feel like just another victory.
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    Season 9, Episode 5: The Point of No Return

    The more I watch MLP the more I'm convinced that it was made with episodes like this one in mind. If this was a season opener, Dusty Pages actually would've been fired because of Twilight. Joking aside, this I how I think Twilight freakouts should be. Instead of hyperventilating and yelling, imagining the worst and doing a crusade to fix a small problem is Twilight at her best. So, yeah... I really liked this one.
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    Season 9, Episode 4: Twilight’s Seven

    Getting over the fact that Celestia is an idiot again, the episode is pure comedy gold. It's one of the best parodies of a heist story I've seen. I have the image of Luna evilly stroking a goose seared into my brain forever.
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    Season 9, Episode 4: Twilight’s Seven

    Lesson of the day: Shining Armor is a smug idiot. Twilight is a predictable idiot. Celestia is a plain idiot. Spike and Luna are awesome. Amazing episode. So much fun.
  24. That was so disappointing. The whole retirement thing went nowhere and wasn't needed, that scene about the forest growing was pointless and only served to expose even further the problem with the main plot: that Celestia spent the overwhelming majority of the series doing nothing and they still haven't managed to giver her some notion of being a ruler. Both times King Sombra appeared the whole thing was rushed, things fell apart so fast (Cadance and Shining Armor bit the dust so hard and fast the baby was the only one that put up a fight) and got resolved even faster. The whole thing about losing the elements made no sense because they had lost it before. And the writers can't seem to understand that these characters already have motivations and things that they do. And up to this point, Grogar is just pointless fan service. I just hope that when Chrysalis and the others get to move against the ponies the episode doesn't have a dumbass plot getting in the way of her plans. I posted a longer version of this on MLP Forums and I really don't have the energy to do this again in here. It's weird for me to not like a season opener.